About Matthew

Matthew Willie Garcia is an Artist working in the Kansas City area. He was born and raised in Tulare, California where he gained a love for art, nature and storytelling. In his early twenties he attended the College of the Sequoias where he fell in love with printmaking. In 2009 he transferred to the Kansas City Art Institute and in 2012 received a BFA in Printmaking. Matthew's work has been shown locally and internationally. He has also a been teaching and working as the head graphic designer at Cinder Block Brewery.  

Artist Statement

“Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, people start going wild inside, like the animals here, and still look like humans, so that you'd never know which were which.”

C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia

We have not become civilized just well organized; we can no longer be distinguished from the beasts in which surround us. We work with a pack mentality and destroy the weakest so that the strongest can prevail. We have been wild from the beginning though we walk in human skin. We strive to understand the subtleties of the universe and yet we fail to understand the subtleties of ourselves.

Throughout time we have used the natural world to explain the way of our own, in myth, religion, folklore and science. We personify, dissect, observe and interact with nature to understand a little more about ourselves. We have a natural connection with flora and fauna  because we see our own reflection, yet we have made them a commodity.

I am trying to  exemplifies some of the subtleties of the universe and the connections we cultivate with nature that surrounds us. My work touches on the beauty of life by juxtaposing it with death, the idea that life becomes more beautiful with the realization of our own mortality. I am also striving to create imagery that questions the eternal, the temporal and the present. I utilize space, both the physical negative of the image plane and celestial, to create a tension between the idea of "everything and nothing." I am trying to force the viewer to question the world around the subject.